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Posted by desiree on November 05, 2002 at 10:32:14:
Godzilla busts loose
Monday, November 4, 2002 Posted: 9:10 AM EST (1410 GMT)
NORWALK, California (AP) -- Godzilla was found wandering the streets, but Mothra wasn't his biggest adversary -- cars were.
The 105-pound African spurred tortoise named after the horror movie icon was found several blocks from his home Wednesday, three days after he escaped.
"Godzilla was lucky that he wasn't mistaken for a speed bump," Animal Control Officer Connie Bradford said after enlisting the help of bystanders to move the tortoise to her vehicle.
A passerby had spotted Godzilla and alerted the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority.
Chuck and Frances Gil, who have had 55-year-old Godzilla as a pet since the 1970s, said the tortoise apparently burrowed under a fence into a neighbor's yard and kept going.
"We're glad to have him back," Chuck Gil said.